We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A pleasure for the palate” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grahams

1650 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146-9995
(530) 581-0454
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Grahams is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Central European
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Christy Lane
Transit: Free Valley shuttle every 30 minutes. Reno-Tahoe airport shuttle daily. North Lake Tahoe transit bus every hour.
Level Contributor
132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“A pleasure for the palate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A business dinner with a set menu turned out very well. We had wonderful salmon, and I finished with a great tiramisu. The staff is a bit stand-offish, but responded well to compliments. We enjoyed wine from the Fawnridge Winery. Would like to return to broaden my sampling of their foods.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
2 Thank Coastguy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

79 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
South Lake Tahoe, California
Level Contributor
91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Back again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This weekend 120 family and friends gathered on the historic family estate. We retired back to Graham's for a very very enjoyable meal and a wine tasting. Graham really does have the widest variety. Having a little too much to drink, I utilised the bedrooms in his Christy Inn: the first home in the valley. Graham is world's greatest host.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
1 Thank velkytatry
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Service without a smile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

Waitress was asked to descirbe the Bison special: the answer ? "It is a ribeye! It has alot of marbling." No mention of the sauce (which my son would have preferred not to have), fingerling potatoes, and veggies. Duck Breast was awesome. Dungeness Crab salad and seafood chowder were incredible. Linguini with seafood was very good. Bison ribeye was good but overly fatty. Excellent wine list. Bar area was very smoky from fireplace. Lower dining room was not smoky but there was a cold breeze at floor level. Efficient service. A usable lock on the ladies room bath stalls would be wonderful An occasional smile would be more than welcome :)

Thank finfun
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Schoten, Belgium
Level Contributor
264 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Great food and service to boot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

It is rated Number One and was definitely the best restaurant that we went to. There are two main areas - ask for a room in the main dining area where the fireplace is - the other area by the bar is used, I understand for those who have not booked and is a little like a corridor. Baked oysters, calamari, asparagus wrapped in in ham, Elk steaks and more - real gourmet cuisine. The cassoulet was stunning. Chose a lovely sparking wine from New Mexico and great Sonoma red - they do take their wines seriously. Expensive but worth it.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Sissy55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Truckee, California
Level Contributor
148 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

I have been visiting the Olympic Valley for years and missed the opportunity to dine here. I had some friends take me there and I was so glad I finally made it. The staff is very kind. I was made to feel welcome and like and old friend moments after I walked in the door. There is great stone work and a wonderful fireplace. You feel like you are in an Inn or Tavern. The ambiance is much better than any inn or tavern I have seen on TV. We arrived for dinner, post sunset, but we could still see some of Squaw's legendary peaks silhouetted by the fading light. My friends brought a bottle of wine and were told, on the phone, that the corkage fee was $25. The corkage fee is $30, but they honored the $25 price without question and with a smile. We had calamari and ahi poke. I am not a huge fan of calamari, so I wont say it was good, bad, or otherwise. I am a huge fan of Ahi and i can say that Grahams had a wonderful Ahi poke. There wasa little more than a serving left in the dish and I was chosen for the task of finishing it. Gladly! The table was served bread with an eggplant purée. I will be the last person to eat eggplant, but I ate more than my fair share of the eggplant purée. My husband and friends all ordered the buffalo prime rib. They were not impressed. They added a lot of salt to their entrees. Later my husband said the dish lacked seasoning. I ordered the Elk chop with lingon berry - medium rare. I have very good table manners, but in the end I abandoned all of them, picked up the bone, and removed the remaing pieces of meat with my teeth. It was delicious. I was very impressed with my meal. The entree was served with whipped potatoes, broccolini, and carrots. Our server was friendly and attentive. The bus staff never let our warer glasses empty. There don't seem to be that many tables so I would reccomend making reservations. We skipped dessert, although it looked very good. The meal was $$$, but you are paying for the location. They have a patio and I would like to come in the spring or summer to enjoy lunch on the patio, with my back or my side to the busy Squaw Valley road.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Thank sejw
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Grahams also viewed

Olympic Valley, Lake Tahoe (California)
Olympic Valley, Lake Tahoe (California)
Olympic Valley, Lake Tahoe (California)
Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe (California)

Been to Grahams? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing